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Karnataka Linganamakki Dam
Linganamakki dam was one of the largest man made water reservoir in India. This dam was constructed by the state government of Karnataka during 1964. This dam is not much lengthy but the width of the dam is considerable and due to this feature the water storage capacity of this reservoir is much moiré than any other in India. Exact location of this dam is 6 kilometers away from famous Jog Falls. This dam is located between geographical coordinates 14.175587°N 74.84627°E.
This dam was started in 1951 and after deep and vast efforts series, the completion done in 1964.The dam was conceptualized in 1951 with the aim to provide irrigation facilities in the area. Work started with pace and more than half portion was completed within 4 years. Initially this dam was constructed with the aim to irrigate the surrounding area only but later one more responsibility was added to this dam and that was the supply of fresh drinking water. The storage capacity of this dam is 4368 million tmc and this reservoir is spread over an area of 300 SQKM. In the surface area, 50.62 SQKM of area is included which was submersed in this dam during the time of construction.
The height of this dam is 1819 ft from MSL. This dam is depending for water directly on annual rainfall. Another water support of this dam is Chakra and Savahaklu water reservoirs. Water of this dam flows via a canal to nearby Talakalale reservoir and at the time of release of water the discharge capacity is 175.56 m3/s. The channel is not much lengthy and has the total length of 4318 mtrs and also the catchment area of this channel is 46.60 sqkm. A huge water reservoir is made at the rear side of this dam. During the discharge, flow of water is much higher and to regulate and control the force of water spillways of the dam are managed to minimize the flow risks. At this dam, a hydro electricity plant is also established to produce the power of 55 MW. To reach the target production, there are two units installed. Power plant is located at the left side portion of this dam. Entire catchment area of this dam is spread over 1997.77 SQKM.
The dam area is also a tourist place. Approach to this dam is very easy and frequent. Sagara division is well connected with other nearby cities through state highways and better link roads.
Boating facilities and water scooting (recently started) have also been made available there. Surrounding area of this dam is also having some lush and dense forestry. A park fitted with large amenities and swings is also located at this dam. A small number of migratory birds are seen here in the monsoon season. Typical crocodiles are also found in the lower area of this dam and tourist can see the crocs taking sunbath.